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Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 3:41 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

In a surprising turn of events, the Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates Tuesday.

The news was first reported by the NFL Network's Mike Lombardi, who tweeted that Seattle canned the first-year OC who followed Pete Carroll from Southern California.

What makes it particularly surprising is that just two weeks ago, Bates was being universally praised as the Seahawks whipped the Greg Williams-coached Saints defense in the wild-card round.

However, a quick look at the stats from the 2010 season show a Seahawk offense that wasn't exactly, um, "potent" -- Seattle averaged less than 300 total yards of offense per game, averaged 4.9 yards per play, converted just 35.5 percent of their third downs and averaged 27:33 time of possession, fourth-worst in the league.

Then again, Jay Cutler (43 yards) outrushed the Seattle offense (34 yards total) this past Sunday, so perhaps there's a logical reason for the personnel move. Or, there could be a candidate sitting out there that Carroll really wants to target. Like, say, Josh McDaniels, whose name immediately sprung to mind when the Bates firing was confirmed. And, as it turns out, the Seahawks have been talking to McDaniels since Monday.

CBSSports.com's Clark Judge reports that the Seahawks have a very good chance of landing McDaniels, but that he's still "50-50" for the job in St. Louis.

Either way, it's pretty clear that the Seahawks aren't above shuffling their coaching staff as often as they shuffle their roster in the early going of the Pete Carroll era.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:54 pm
 

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

Props for getting rid of the dead weight in Bates...but another step backward hiring the Idaho Vandal scum Cable...I wonder who he will punch out to get what he wants in Seattle?



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:23 am
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

yo hsldknotdunyet get used to carlson not being used.....or better yet traded. cause mcdaniels wont use him either. trust me im a notre dame fan so i know what carlson is capable of and bronco fan....pass catching te = gone thats the boy wonder for ya.



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

Jeremy Bates had to go. There were so many times when the team was 3rd and short and he called for a deep pass. That doesn't fool anyone. Why not get the 1st down first. Then go deep and test the secondary. The Tightend play was non-existent. That used to be one of the Seahawks' best weapons under Mike Holmgren. John Carlson had a great rookie year, the last year of Holmgren's regime. He was not used that much under Jim Mora. We know now that it's not going to be J. McDaniels. He signed with the Rams. He probably wants to tutor S. Bradford. Whomever Pete Carrol settles on, please BRING BACK TIGHTEND PLAY!!



Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

Correction: Perhaps if Bates had a top tier running back and DIDN'T have 5 "possession" receivers the Seahawks office would have  been much better. Mike Williams is a nice receiver to have on 3rd and 3, but you need someone to stretch the field and take the top of the defense. The Patriots would never admit it, but trading Randy Moss came back to bite them in the ass against the Jets. Had Brady been able to stretch the Jets D the result may have been different. The Seahawks need the same type of big play receiver on their squad next season if they're going to have any chance to be competitive, let alone win the division because I promise you 7-9 won't win it next year.



Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

Perhaps if Bates actually had a top tier running back and 5 "possession" receivers the offense would have been much better than what it was. The play calling wasn't the issue. It was the lack of talent at key positions that brought the Seahawks down. Bates was able to make Charlie Whitehurst look like a rising star a couple weeks ago against the Rams and was universally praised for it. So two weeks later he's so incompetent that he had to be let go? Anyhow, McDaniels isn't coming and unless PC has some "mystery" candidate waiting in the wings I don't see whomever the Seahawks hire being an upgrade over Bates. Those of us who actually understand the game (you know who you are) can see beyond the numbers.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

Yes, Bates had to go.  How many third and shorts were turned into go long to the end zone this year?  I was calling for his head mid-way through the season.  The game scheming seemed all over the place and under utilized Seattle's best offensive player, John Carslon, who seemed invisible most the year. It looked like he was getting it against the Rams and then again vs NO.  Both game plans were very different, but they worked.  It helped that receivers caught the ball those two games, but couldn't vs the Bears. 



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Seahawks fire OC Jeremy Bates

It's about time Bates was let go.  Why Carroll brought this guy from 'SC, I'll never know.  Bates had 5 and 4 star recruits two deep at every offensive position at USC, and couldn't develop an imaginative game plan to save his life.  During his one year as USC offensive coordinator, the team's scoring and total yards per game averages dropped by more than 25%.  Ask USC fans why in 2009, after 7 consecutive PAC-10 titles, the team finishes 5th, and most will point to Bates.


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